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Immerse: Painting Process
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Published: March 26, 2016
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I totally forgot to upload this. I thought some of you might be interested in the process I use for most of my paintings.

So here it is:
1 - Rough sketch. Getting the concept down without worrying too much about pretty lines.
2 - Clean sketch. Tracing the rough sketch on a new layer using a smaller brush and more precise lines.
3 - Colours. Blocking in colours underneath the sketch. Using blue/green/teal as a base and going from there.
4 - Forms. Rendering the forms and introducing lighter and darker tones.
5 - Detail. Introducing more colour variation, adding little things and bringing the piece to a finish.

I hope you find this helpful or at least entertaining. :D

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KioneM's avatar
KioneMHobbyist General Artist
Your process is amazing, it looks so clean. I just have one question, if you don't mind answering. How do you make the base sketch blend with the painting? Do you merge it to a single layer or how does that work? I've been trying a couple of techniques but I never seem to be able to get it to look this smooth and nice. 
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Yes, after step 3 I merge it all to one layer and paint on top. :]
KioneM's avatar
KioneMHobbyist General Artist
Oh! Awesome, thank you very much! 
Nocscura's avatar
NocscuraProfessional Digital Artist
This is an amazing piece! Thank you for sharing the steps! How long did it take to finish this artwork?
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think 3 days of consistent work (6-8 hours per day). ^^
DaniEaston's avatar
Hey, thank you. Your work is amazing...and showing the process, I can understand a little and try to do by myself (want to became a artist too) .... Tnk very much and continue your excelent work 
(Sorry bad english) 
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm glad it helps. And don't worry, your English is fine. :)
Wesson87's avatar
Wesson87Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so talented. It really is great to see!
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
Dweame's avatar
It's really beautiful! It looks helpful and I also think I'll never be able to paint like that. xD
I better work on that haha. :)
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. Just keep going. :)
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Melinde-MariHobbyist General Artist
This immediately reminded me of GW2 - Sylvari.

Besides that it's really well done!!!
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! I have never seen the character though. :)
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Melinde-MariHobbyist General Artist
It's a MMORPG
If you like RPG games, you might like GW2, it's really great, and to me, it's of the few that gives you more freedom in the game play.

My fave race to play with are the Sylvari. (Plant like people)
Your painting reminded me slightly of them, though really nicer, if could create a Sylvari like you painted that would be it! :D
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ChaloBloggHobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen a lot of times how people do digital drawings by a traditional pencil drawing, but I've never known how
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
The sketch is digital as well. But it's the same principle you would apply to a pencil sketch.
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PcosseteHobbyist Digital Artist
COOL !!!
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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annamariiartHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Do you use reference photos? If yes then what sites do you use? :)
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I do use reference. I create a reference board (using the programme PureRef) for each bigger piece I'm painting. In this particular case, it contains images of water droplets on skin, faces that I like, colour schemes, leaves, lighting scenarios etc.
Generally, I save anything on my computer that I think is cool and could come in handy at some point. So I have a huge reference library of people, environments, clothing, hairstyles, plants, animals etc. etc. When I'm looking for something, I immediately know where to go and it helps me get a clear idea of the image I have in mind. Most of the stuff I got from Pinterest. :)
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annamariiartHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the reply! I really appreciate it :) 
Lady-Monarch's avatar
Lady-MonarchStudent General Artist
This is amazing :) I love the colors
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DjamilaKnopfProfessional Digital Artist
Thnak you!
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Lady-MonarchStudent General Artist
Your welcome :)
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